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Description

Cape Town is the oldest and second largest city in South Africa.  Perched between the ocean and mountains, with a national park at its heart, it is truly a unique landscape.  

Everywhere you go in Cape Town you will see rock.  Most of the climbing here is traditional, although there are around 350 sport routes.  Most people think of Rocklands when they think of climbing in South Africa, but Cape Town has some amazing bouldering right here in the city. 

The Cape Peninsula is blessed with a string of good quality sandstone and quartzite crags across a wide range of grades and offering different styles. These include; the bulging quartzite crags of Trappieskop and Peer’s Cave; the ever-popular faces of the Silvermine crags; to the very steep and mega-pumpy crags such the Hole and The Mine.

Paarl Rocks is probably the best and most prolific granite-climbing venue in South Africa. These beautiful granite domes provide both single and multi-pitch sport routes in a magnificent and tranquil setting. The style of the climbing is very different to the rest of the climbing around Cape Town and the routes tend to be more run out.

Hellfire is an awesome venue offering long single-pitch and two-pitch sport routes, in a wild mountain setting on hard red sandstone rock. Hellfire is a sport crag with a mountain attitude that is dwarfed by the huge Du Toit’s Peak.

Getting There

Cape Town has an international airport so there are plenty of options for flying direct into Cape Town.  If you land in Johannesburg there are many daily flights into Cape Town (2 hour flight).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cape Town

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13
 13
Arrow Final
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 21
Jacobs Ladder
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Angel of Mercy
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 9
Grizzly Behr
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 7
Snakeskin Safari Suit
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 8
Jenga
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 8
Madiba Magic
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 7
Doom
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 6
Bonar
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 7
Endless Summer
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 6
Sterling Silver
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 4
Women ain't nothing but trouble
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 7
Freak-On
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 6
Rude Bushman
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 5
Lotter's Desire
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Arrow Final Table Mtn TEMPORARY
 13
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13 Trad 3 pitches
Jacobs Ladder Table Mtn TEMPORARY
 21
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Angel of Mercy Waterval Boven > Wonderland crags > Hallucinogen Wall
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Grizzly Behr Waterval Boven > Wonderland crags > Baboon Buttress
 9
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Snakeskin Safari Suit Waterval Boven > Wonderland crags > Hallucinogen Wall
 7
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Jenga Waterval Boven > Wonderland crags > God No! Wall
 8
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Madiba Magic Waterval Boven > Waterfall crags > last crag of the century
 8
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Doom Waterval Boven > Wonderland crags > Hallucinogen Wall
 7
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Bonar Waterval Boven > Restaurant crags > Restaurant crag, The
 6
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Endless Summer Waterval Boven > Waterfall crags > last crag of the century
 7
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Sterling Silver Silvermine > Main Crag
 6
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Women ain't nothing but tro… Waterval Boven > Wonderland crags > Hallucinogen Wall
 4
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Freak-On Waterval Boven > Wonderland crags > God No! Wall
 7
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Rude Bushman Waterval Boven > Wonderland crags > Superbowl
 6
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Lotter's Desire Waterval Boven > Wonderland crags > Superbowl
 5
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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